Emergencies and disasters are unpredictable and can happen at any time. While the unknown is frightening and stressful, the ability to cope with an emergency can be improved by having an emergency preparedness plan.
Here are three simple steps to better prepare your family to face a range of emergencies:
- Know the risks
Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region (like what to do in the case of floods, earthquakes, wind storms, and technological or environmental accidents such as chemical spills and power failures) can help you better prepare.
- Make a plan and practice it
Every Chilliwack household needs an emergency plan. Having a plan and practicing it removes some of the ‘unknown’ in an emergency or disaster situation.
- Get an emergency kit
During an emergency, you may need to get by without power or tap water. You will also need some basic supplies. Plan to be on your own for a minimum of 3 days.
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Quarterly Chilliwack Emergency Preparedness Newsletter, Special Bulletins and Weekly Emergency Coordination Centre Incident Summaries.
A large portion of Chilliwack's area lies within the floodplain for the Fraser River and, to a smaller extent, the Vedder River. To minimize the risk to the community from floods on these river systems, there is an extensive dyking system in place. The dykes and related infrastructure are maintained by the City of Chilliwack, which serves as the local dyking authority.
Earthquake Preparedness, Flooding, Foreign Animal Disease, General Preparedness, Interface Fire, Landslide Preparedness, Outdoor Safety, Severe Weather, etc.
Here are some additional "links" should you want to review specific information and/or review the myriad of Emergency Preparedness throughout this province, this country and the world.
They do everything from leading air and ground searches and helping the victims of serious car accidents to setting up networks of volunteer teams and coordinating services for victims of natural disasters.
Be a part of the ShakeOut and "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!"
In the summer the combination of high heat and high humidity can be very dangerous.